Jackson has long been known for a variety of winter activities. Snowshoes are a traditional way to travel mountains in the winter. The development of lighter, smaller snowshoes in recent years has led to an increasing popularity of recreational snowshoeing.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation maintains 40 kilometers of dedicated, self-guided, purpose-built snowshoe trails and also offers guided snowshoe tours with knowledgeable, entertaining local guides every Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm, every Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm. Additional times offered during the holiday vacation weeks.
Two hour Private Guided Snowshoe Tours can be arranged for individuals and groups. Please call ahead (603-383-9355) to make reservations.
Our full service rental shop offers MSR snowshoes for adults and kids with universal bindings that will fit your shoes or boots.
- Snowshoe Trail Pass: $10 per person
- MSR Snowshoe Rental package *Includes poles: $12
- Guided 2 hour Tour: $15 per person
- Private 2 hour Guided Tour: $40 for 2 people. $10 for each additional person.
*A free map of the snowshoe trails is provided with the purchase of a trail pass
Our trails can be found within easy reach of the lodge in the village, our along the Ellis River to the warming hut & Cocoa Cabin open on weekends and holidays, or around Mirror Lake. You can drive to more distant trails at the end of Carter Notch Road on the Holcombe Property and Prospect Farm. Our trails are maintained for clear passage and signed for easy navigation.
Try our Eskergo Snowshoe Trail that parallels the Ellis River Ski Trail from Jackson XC to the Warming Hut & Cocoa Cabin where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, local baked goods or roast s’mores over the fire. Then, explore the Thirsty Owl and Moosabunga Loop on your way back to Jackson for an eight kilometer loop. Try the Sprucewood Path from the Village to the Eagle Fields. Explore the Flume Loop and try to guess how this unique glacial feature was formed. Take a side trip around the Mirror Lake Path to look for the tracks of mink, coyote, river otter, and wild turkeys. Trek over and around rugged glacial terrain features such as eskers, moraines, and drumlins. Marvels at the power of the mile-thick ice sheet that moved thousands of car sized boulders called glacial erratic. Stand beneath massive trees in an old-growth forest.
If you have the zest for more exploration, drive the five miles north on Carter Notch Road to trek on the Holcombe Trails. Descend 400 vertical feet on the Waldo’s Way Path to the banks of the Wildcat River, a nationally registered Scenic River. Trek along the river on the Brookside Trail, then ascend through the Brooks Farm fields, which are always dotted with red fox tracks. Return to the parking lot by way of Ruth’s Woods.
We promise you will see and learn things on our snowshoe trails you’ve never seen before. Snowshoes are a great way to explore and find freedom in the quiet woods of the White Mountains.